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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A state court is threatening to cut California's unpopular car tax, but in a way that has even Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger concerned. As a campaign pledge, Schwarzenegger vowed that upon taking office he would roll back a $4-billion increase in the annual tax residents pay to register their cars and trucks. But he and outgoing Gov.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2003 | Peter Nicholas and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Arnold Schwarzenegger won the recall race as a fiscal conservative determined to roll back the car tax rate, resist new taxes and cap state spending. With much of Southern California afire, firefighters stretched thin and thousands of people left homeless, the governor-elect's promises will face an early test. Various state and local officials want Schwarzenegger to preserve the car tax rate that tripled under Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 | Patrick Mcgreevy and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Alarmed by Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise to reduce the car tax, mayors up and down California are calling, writing and otherwise lobbying the soon-to-be governor to warn him that cutting more money for cities would result in layoffs and threaten public safety. San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales said the mayors of the state's 10 largest cities are trying to schedule a meeting with Schwarzenegger "to find out what his plans are" and convey the mayors' concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Drivers in the San Joaquin Valley will have to pay an additional $1 fee when they register their vehicles as of Jan. 1 to help cover costs of air pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District voted Thursday to approve the fee hike, expected to raise as much as $2.38 million annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
With a snap of his fingers, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger can roll back state vehicle license fees the instant he takes office. But if challenged in court, he would have to prove that California can afford it -- and that may not be so simple. State officials have at times vacillated over whether Schwarzenegger would have the power to void the car tax increase. This week they were more firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Californians have paid annual fees to license their automobiles for decades. The fees were tripled this month to 2% of a vehicle's value. As a vehicle ages, its value declines along with the amount of taxes the owner pays. The increase, approved in the midst of California's budget crisis, caused the average annual vehicle license fee for a passenger car to jump from about $70 to $210. Californians now pay among the highest vehicle license fees in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
A new California governor probably could not rescind a recent tripling of the car tax within hours of taking office, experts say, contrary to repeated claims by two leading candidates in the recall election. There is a range of obstacles, including the question of whether state law permits lowering the tax and how to replace billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to government officials and outside experts. For months, recall candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2003 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
On Catalina Island, a close but not too close 22 miles off mainland California, most of the 3,500 residents drive golf carts or boats. The only gridlock in Avalon usually involves shopping carts at the pipsqueak Vons. So why, in this largely car-free getaway spot, would anyone care that two of the three front-runners in the election to replace Gov. Gray Davis if he is recalled want to kill the recently tripled state vehicle license fee?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
With the recall election less than 10 days away, car-obsessed Californians will be required to pay as much as three times more to license their vehicles, starting this week. The increase will ensure that Californians pay among the highest car taxes in the country. And that has Pasadena resident Percy Kosoi fuming. "It's ridiculous," Kosoi said. "If you're going to raise it, raise it a little, but don't triple it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
California's finance director says the state mistakenly sent Orange County about $20 million in vehicle license fees that should have been withheld because of the state's budget deficit. He wants the money back. But Orange County officials say they may be entitled to the money and don't plan to send it back to Sacramento.
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